So I got my first Algebra test back yesterday. I had felt confident that I did really well, so I was disappointed to only receive an 80% on it. The most frustrating thing is that I got the answers right on the test, but I did dumb things like mix up brackets and parenthesis, drop a negative, and forget to flip a less-than sign. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. The whole way home from school I was humming the Tin Man's song from Wizard of Oz... "If I only had a brain".
I've heard the best thing about an education is that it teaches us how much we really do not know. I am learning that lesson extremely well. Before returning to school I thought I was fairly organized, hard working, and quick on the uptake, but now I realize I'm kind of a slacker. I have to force myself to slow down and really think. I am definitely rusty. I hope the Tin Man will loan me his oil can so I can pump a few drops into the stiff cogs and wheels of my brain and get them moving again. I also hope I can find a wizard who will hand me a diploma someday.